Can a cookbook have terroir? I’ve never eaten at David Kinch’s new Manresa, but after spending a couple of long evenings with this exceptionally complex and textured cookbook, I feel as though I know it inside and out. Manresa (Ten Speed, $50) is beautifully photographed and the text is enhanced by evocative woodcut prints by artist Tom Killion, but what really separates it from other cookbooks is the quality of its writing. More than in any other cookbook I’ve ever read, here Kinch and his co-author Christine Muhlke examine the philosophy of the cookbook and of the genesis of a recipe itself. While you might not necessarily be able to re-create Kinch’s specific and complex recipes like “A Winter Tidal Pool” (which includes pickled kelp, abalone, mushroom gel, and oyster gel) in your home kitchen, his ruminative approach to food ensures that you will think about the elements of cooking, and the creation and balance of your own recipes, in a whole new way.
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ISBN: 9781607743972
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 22nd, 2013

When I brought home 100 Years of Soccer in America (Rizzoli, $45), my husband and son—one a coach, the other an avid player—both lunged for it at the same time, and we spent the next hour looking through the pictures of the crucial matches together. Can there be a better endorsement? This coffee table book by the U.S. Soccer Federation is a necessary artifact and a graceful survey of the diverse and crucial history of the sometimes-beleaguered U.S. soccer landscape. Its general nature makes it a keepsake for players and soccer-lovers of all ages, and it strikes a beautiful balance in coverage of both the men’s and women’s teams. The chapters detailing the early immigrant leagues are especially fascinating. You can be sure that no soccer fan on your holiday list already has a book like this because, a hundred years in the making, there never has been a book like this.
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By Sunil Gulati (Foreword by), President Bill Clinton (Preface by), Tony Dicicco (Contributions by), Alexi Lalas (Contributions by), Landon Donovan (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780847840922
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Rizzoli - September 3rd, 2013

Roots (Chronicle, $40), by Diane Morgan, is an ideal testament to the hidden vegetables it celebrates: an encyclopedia of simple and clean recipes, perfect for a nourishing, elegant midweek meal. There’s no didacticism or dogma here, nor is this dinnerparty fare. Throughout, Morgan focuses on the inherent flavors of the vegetables, with seasonings added to bring out the natural taste of the roots. The author’s own Pacific Northwest culinary roots definitely shine through: there’s ease and palpable warmth in her writing. Reading Roots you can feel yourself in the kitchen with Morgan, devouring meals made with love, precision, and a little bit of dirt. Indeed, in my house her recipe for French Breakfast Radishes with Herb Butter and Sel Gris was devoured by my whole family, in happy, silent gulps.
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By Diane Morgan, Antonis Achilleos (By (photographer)), Deborah Madison (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780811878371
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Chronicle Books - September 26th, 2012

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